The boyfriend of a pregnant New York City real estate agent who witnesses say was dragged from her apartment building and stabbed to death turned himself in and has been charged with her murder.
Jennifer Irigoyen, 35, had been 14 weeks pregnant at the time of the early Sunday morning attack on Feb. 3.
Her boyfriend, 48-year-old Anthony Hobson, reportedly fled the state after the killing but later turned himself in to authorities to face charges of second-degree murder, tampering with physical evidence and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon, the New York Post reports.
Hobson is accused of attacked Irigoyen in her apartment, dragging her down the hallway and fatally stabbing her in the building’s vestibule.
“The defendant is alleged to have shown no mercy and no regard for human life when he repeatedly and purposely plunged a knife into this expectant mother’s abdomen, torso and neck,” Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said.
Witnesses say the pregnant woman, who was also a professional Latin ballroom dancer and Zumba instructor, pleaded for the life of her unborn baby in her final moments.
“He’s got a knife! He’s going to kill the baby!,” Irigoyen shouted, one witness told the Post.
Three witnesses later identified Hobson in a photo lineup. He can also be seen in surveillance footage that captured the attack, Assistant DA Bryan Kotowski said, according to the New York Daily News.
Irigoyen was also the mother to an 8-year-old child from a previous relationship, who is now staying with a grandparent, WABC reports.
Hobson reportedly turned himself in Friday morning with his lawyer, Steven J. Questore, by his side, according to The New York Times.
Questore told the paper is client is “committed” to facing the charges but didn’t say how he intended to plead.
Prosecutors had initially also charged Hobson with second-degree abortion, but that charge was later dropped. Prosecutors cited the state’s Reproductive Health Act, signed on Jan. 22, as the reason, saying the act stripped the crime from the penal code.
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